A virtual machine is like a separate computer that runs in a window on the host system. Workstation displays more than the screen of another computer. From the Workstation window, you can interact with and run virtual machines. You can also switch easily from one virtual machine to another.

The best way to learn how to use Workstation is to use it. The Workstation window is designed to be intuitive and easy to use.

You interact with virtual machines through the Workstation window.

The virtual machine library appears on the left side of the Workstation window. You use the library to view and select virtual machines, folders, and remote hosts in Workstation. The library appears by default.

The thumbnail bar appears along the bottom of the Workstation window.

The status bar appears at the bottom of the Workstation window. You can use the icons on the status bar to see Workstation messages and perform actions on devices such as hard disks, CD/DVD drives, floppy drives, and network adapters. The status bar appears by default.

Workstation creates a tab in the right pane of the Workstation window when you select an item in the library. Tabs appear by default.

You can customize the appearance of the Workstation window by selecting items from the View menu.

You can use keyboard shortcuts to interact with Workstation and with virtual machines. Most of the available keyboard shortcuts for Workstation are listed next to their associated commands in Workstation menus.